At the time of this writing, it’s been several weeks since Pantone’s announcement of Rose Quartz and Serenity as Color of the Year for 2016. What a surprise that was – choosing two colors instead of one. It’s a bold departure from the past, but it makes sense. In design, color trends typically end up in pairs, even though they don’t start out that way. Even monochromatic applications use multiple variations on the one color.
It’s an intriguing choice for sure, so soft and dreamy. The stark contrast to the harsh realities of the present is hard to ignore. Is the choice for color of the year 2016 an escape, a balm, a rebellion, all of the above? Whatever the case may be, all the selections below were created prior to 2016. They’ve been culled from various regions and design disciplines.
Whether for products, fashion, interiors or conceptual art, these designs all seem drawn from some elusive, yet collective source. What this does show is how on-point Pantone was this year, in doing its job of predicting the direction of the creative class.